Two days ago I received one of my most interesting comments. I love discussions like that! However I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to historical stuff, so please feel free to share with me by commenting!:)
I want to talk about the Holocaust since forever. But I always feel like I am in no place to speak bout that cos I don't know the event well enough to talk bout it. I am trying my best though!
I just want to share my thoughts of the things the Anonymous mentioned :) This is what I replied:
'' Hello!! Oh my...to be very frank I am slightly offended by most parts of your comments, but at the same time I am excited as hell cos we both are in for a debate! I am really excited so I on my laptop just to reply this comment hahaha.
First of all, I do not think Holocaust memorials are controversial at all. I think the memorials you've mentioned aren't intended to represent Holocaust but merely a way to remember and to show respect to the victims. I didn't study Holocaust in class but I know quite a bit of it cos I've done some research and reading a couple of non-fiction Holocaust books. When I got to go to one of the Holocaust memorials I was so damn happy cos I know its going to be a very different experience than just reading up from books and phone screen. I don't know if you've been to one but I gained a lot of knowledge just by visiting this. Did a lot reading inside as well cos its super detailed from the beginning of Holocaust to the background of the victims.
Secondly, I have great interest in all Holocaust films related. So far the best ones I've watched are Schindler's List, The Pianist and Anne Frank: The Whole Story. If I had to name one BEST Holocaust film it would undoubtedly be Schindler's List, and I believe I am not the only one who thinks so. Also, I do not agree with you on what you've said about this film, I do not think that its just a movie made for Hollywood although it is a classic, and will be for a hundred years to come. If you're searching for one, I think the film that portrayed the dark side of Holocaust very well is Anne Frank: The Whole Story. Schindler's List did not focus on Holocaust in general but just mainly the event of how Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jews. It has a happy ending cos in real life it really had one .A thousand over Jews were liberated and some are still alive and they have to thank Schindler for that. Sure, Holocaust didn't end well, but in Schindler's case, it did. With the estimated 1200 Jews Schindler saved, today there are more than 7000 descendants of Schindler's Jews in the world. So your statement doesn't really make sense.
Next, the Anne Frank Diary. You clearly did not understand what is it all about. There is a reason why Anne Frank's diary is one of the top ten most read book in the whole world(google up to know whether I am bullshitting or not). Its very popular and controversial cos the Frank family were in hiding when World War II happened and right after it ended, her father Otto Frank had the diary published. It went viral because at that time it was one of the rare detailed first hand accounts of a Holocaust victim. Not many Jews survived in that event-- 6 millions of out 9 millions did not, that makes it 2/3 of the total Jews. (and Schindler saved over 1200, not much compared to the millions but you gotta admit that this is amazing) Anne Frank's Diary is interesting cos Anne & her family were in hiding for 2 years before getting caught. Her diary is so popular because she gave insights into what is it like to be a Jewish hiding from the Nazis during one of the most important events in history. You can't find any other non-fiction Holocaust book like her's.
And regarding to your ''she's one of the few luckiest one who successfully survived in a hidden place.'' no offense but really, I feel like I am talking to a troll. I have a strong feeling that you did not even read the book cos SHE DID NOT SURVIVE HOLOCAUST. Her family and her(with another family that was hiding together) were betrayed. They were arrested after hiding for 2 years. She was sent to a concentration camp and died from typhus just FEW WEEKS before the camp was liberated. I feel extremely heart breaking just by typing that cos she would've been an amazing person if she survived. But of course, another thing that made her famous is her writing style and personal characteristic. Please read more of her on web, I find her really amazing!
Lastly, I do think that the memorial I visited is a very brilliant building. Now this does represent something. The stelae(concrete blocks) are supposed to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason, according to Wikipedia. I am no architect and I don't know how to have a building to represent a feeling or whatever but I liked this memorial cos its very detailed on the Holocaust and I did gain knowledge from it, and that is all I cared about. I am looking forward to your reply :)''
The comment was left in one of my Europe posts, can be seen HERE.
This is the memorial I visited that he/she has mentioned: (the memorial is called Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) located in Berlin, Germany.
Friend did something small for me and I'm genuinely touched. I visited a good friend at work whom I haven't seen for a long time. I attended a bar opening and had a pleasant time. I drove my mom's car- long distance! I had another amazing day at work.
Tmr will be another long day!
I need to remember this and blog about it before I forget :)
I am back to share about my europe trip!:) I don't know about other people but I don't enjoy reading travel blogs, unless its a travel guide to places I am gonna visit. Cos I just don't enjoy reading bout people's awesome trip and I don't get to go LOL.
But I need to finish my posts about my entire trip cos its really something I would want to remember. I've become very much more hardworking in blogging nowadays and I love it! Its 2.40am now I am so sleepy but just showered so gotta stay awake to let my hair dry if not I'll fall sick tomorrow morning :(
Currently listening to The Smiths...how can Morrissey sound so freaking weird and nice at the same time?????
29th December 2014, Monday.
Sister and I took the an hour train to Bath. We had a few days break after our Germany/Prague trip and before my trip with my oldest sister to Ireland so she wanted to bring me for a day trip to a few cities nearby like Cardiff and Bath. I wanted to go Bath because I wanted to see the filming location for Les Miserables! But the train tickets were so expensive, sis didn't want to spend so much especially after we just came back from a long trip. So we picked Bath!
Rise and shine!
Reading can be a little boring but its very beautiful :) Kinda miss this place now..:(
In the bus :)
Train! Before this was a very chi gek running session in the station. We were almost late for the train and were running like mad dogs. Glad that we were on time but the train started moving 2 minutes after we boarded. Phew!
Arrived in Bath! Sister brought me to a very popular bakery/cafe called Sally Lunn's. Its a very small and packed place, we queued up for about 20 minutes. Was starving like mad and seeing such long queue so I expected it to be really good.
We ordered some scones and their famous bun(with creamy salmon paste thingy).
For a person who doesn't fancy pastries or English delights, I find it okay only. Its good, compared to all the mediocre scones in Malaysian cafes, they're really soft and fresh. Something I don't mind eating but I just wont describe it as delicious or have huge craving for it.
While walking to the attraction that attracted me most...
Walking along the Pulteney Bridge..
There you go! The filming location of Les Miserables(2012)- Pulteney Bridge.
This is the scene where Javert(played by Russell Crowe) killed himself by jumping off the bridge. It looks really majestic and magnificent in the film but not so in real life.
I've always thought that they've filmed everything in France since the event took place in France so when my sister told me she went to the filming location I refused to believe her, well not until I came here and see for myself. Googled up the filming locations of the film, surprised to see that most of their locations are filmed in England.
Sister was so proud that she proved me wrong hahahaa.
In the film the bridge was much taller and bigger.
Thanks sister for bringing me to so many places <3
Some Roman Bath or cathedral..I forgot. ahahaha
The Royal Crescent!
We've walked far for this attraction. I didn't wanna come at first cos I've seen Pulteney Bridge and thats all I wanted hahaha. But sis said this is a must see in Bath.
Very uniquely designed building.
I took only a few pictures cos the sky was turning dark and I was tired already. I've never heard of this Riyal Crescent anyway so it doesn't matter to me. Till when I flew back from UK to KL I watched a film called The Duchess starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, this building was featured in it! Furthermore the film is not bad...dayumm..shouldve watched it before I visit hahahaa then maybe I'll treasure it more.
Along the route we took there were a lot of grandly furnished homes..they're so beautiful! I wonder how does it feel like to live so near to the top attraction of Bath? And according to my sister, Johnny Depp(if I am not wrong) bought a home here too!
I am just way too weak hahaha. This is me grasping for air and panting after walking so much. I don't even know how to build up my stamina, gotta start from zero LOL. Somemore the air is so thin during winter, short distance is enough to make me pant like a dog.
Sis insisted me to go take picture with the tree hahaha
What a peaceful and lovely evening.
Saw this outside a small military memorial.
There was still some time left till our train back to Reading so we sat in a very cosy cafe :)
Some pictures from sister's camera.
I don't know if I'll ever see you again, beautiful Bath,but I had a great day that day :)
It was so so cold. We didn't expect to be that cold so I wore only a trench coat rather than those puffy ones. I couldn't stop sneezing!! I was really really cold.
Needless to say, I fell sick immediately.
Hehe sis cooked me ginger soup with tang yuan at 11pm cos I was sick. :) so loved.